Detroit Journalism Cooperative

To focus on community life and the city’s future after bankruptcy, five nonprofit media outlets have formed the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC).

The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine is the convening partner for the group, which includes Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Michigan Radio, WDET and New Michigan Media, a partnership of ethnic and minority newspapers.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring.

Articles

Detroit is razing thousands of homes. It won’t fix much.

July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth

An urban planning professor argues that Detroit has knocked down more homes than any other city in past 50 years – and has little to show for it.

Bulldoze away: Some Detroit neighborhoods need thinning out

July 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth

An urban policy expert says the city needs to ask difficult questions about which areas can be saved in era of diminishing revenues.

A day in the life of one Detroit high-crime neighborhood

June 29, 2017 | Lester Graham

Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham tags along as a neighborhood police officer completes his rounds in the city’s MorningSide community.

Just another Tuesday for 37 first-graders with no music or art or gym

June 15, 2017 | Erin Einhorn

This is what it’s like to teach in a classroom with too many children, books that don’t arrive until March, and no help because there not enough teachers.

Detroit court gets tough on traffic tickets. County taxpayers get stuck with tab

June 8, 2017 | Sarah Alvarez

A get-tough approach is sending scofflaws to jail for unpaid misdemeanor tickets. But it costs the county more to jail them than it generates for the city in ticket revenue and, now, even the sheriff is complaining.

Sorry we foreclosed your home. But thanks for fixing our budget.

June 6, 2017 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson, Laura Herberg

Counties across Michigan profit from selling foreclosed homes and charging fees on back taxes to down-and-out residents. No place does it more than Wayne County.

One envelope holds her fate. Is she getting deported today?

May 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A Michigan woman brings hope and a duffel bag to the airport on what could be her last day in only country she’s known since she was a baby.

The future of small business outside Detroit’s bustling downtown is uncertain

May 30, 2017 | Lester Graham

It’s not only the residents who continue to struggle in the city’s vast, impoverished neighborhoods. Small stores are barely hanging on.

The Detroit uprising: 50 years later

May 26, 2017 | Bridge Staff

July 22, 1967 - It's been 50 years since the uprising

The backdoor voucher: How a Detroit school created to lift up a 'Christ-centered culture' found a way to get public dollars

May 23, 2017 | Allie Gross

Cornerstone Schools recently announced that its flagship K-8 school would become a charter this fall. It would keep the same staff and curriculum, but would now be able to collect taxpayer money.

How to cash in on a crappy home. Step one: Find a sucker to sign a land contract.

May 18, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Left for dead in the 1970s, lending through (often predatory) land contracts is back with a vengeance in Michigan and Rust Belt cities after the mortgage meltdown.

More showings added for documentary on ‘67 Detroit uprisings

May 18, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The documentary, produced by the Detroit Free Press in partnership with Bridge Magazine is selling out fast. A Bridge/DJC book examining the violence that shook Detroit 50 years ago is available now.

On the Detroit River, a faded dream at a city-owned marina

May 16, 2017 | Nancy Derringer

An African-American businessman dreamed of a place where people of color could live and boat on the river, in the shadow of high-rise luxury. It never happened.

Mom has sick husband, baby – and looming deportation to ‘home’ she’s never known

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The past and new immigration policies catch up to a woman who must soon leave United States –  and her family.

There’s a lot riding on Detroit’s new QLINE streetcar

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

To break even, streetcar must be more than a millennial mover or party tram for sports fans, experts say.

QLINE by the numbers (slideshow)

May 11, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

How much did it cost? How much does it need to make to break even? We break it all down for you.

Streetcar travels through some of richest parts of Detroit (interactive map)

May 11, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson

Use this map to examine building permits and income along the route of the QLINE

Detroit cites progress, but water shutoffs actually rose last year

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

Residential shutoffs spiked 18 percent in 2016 - countering city officials' expectations. A staggering 83,000 homes have lost water service at some point since the city launched a crackdown on delinquent accounts in 2014.

Interactive Map: Detroit water shutoffs by neighborhood

May 2, 2017 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Go block by block to scan the more than 27,000 homes that had water cut off in 2016.

Are Detroit water shutoffs and illnesses related?

May 2, 2017 | Joel Kurth

"A significant difference in diagnoses" of skin or gastrointestinal infection was found in residents who lived on blocks with water shutoffs. But researchers acknowledge there's not yet enough data to prove a link.

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